Arizona Strip & Southern Utah Wanderings | Day 5
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Visiting the Shamans Gallery, which is also known as the Spirit Shelter, has been high on my to-do list for a while. It is actually the main reason I planned this trip to the Arizona Strip in the first place. We woke up just after sunrise and had some breakfast before driving back into Grand Canyon National Park to the Tuckup Canyon trailhead. We wanted to get an early start so that we didn’t end up in the canyon after dark again. After the storm the previous night things were much cooler out and the wind was blowing pretty good all day. The hike down into the canyon was on a much easier trail than our previous hike into another side canyon of the Grand Canyon.
Jared hiking down into Tuckup Canyon ahead of me.
Down in the wash, the Spirit Shelter is just up ahead on the left.
A quick view of the pictographs from the wash below.
One more view that shows the location of the Shamans Gallery from a little ways down the wash.
This is the left portion of the Shamans Gallery. Many interesting figures found here.
A closer look at two of the more prominent figures painted here. Very unusual.
I’m not sure if this figure is supposed to have three heads, but it’s eyes have eyelashes painted on, which is something I have not seen before.
Another large and elaborate figure further to the right side of the panel.
Look closely and you might be able to see the different layers of painted figures over top of each other. This location must have been important for a very long time.
All of these pictographs are painted on the underside of the large overhang.
Looking out from the shelter up the canyon.
A large white sheep with an older and faded figure behind it.
These particular pictographs had a lot of green and yellow paint including a few green suns.
A wider view of the right portion of the large gallery.
Another white sheep with a large circular figure, plus what looks like another three-headed figure.
Jared taking a photograph of the pictographs for a little scale. Many of these figures were life sized. We had to be careful not to back off the ledge while taking photos.
One more view of the larger paintings on the right.
A different view of the large figures on the left.
We were originally planning on hiking further down-canyon and making a large loop back to the trailhead, but with the storms moving in and the cooler and windy weather we decided to hike back up the way we came after continuing down-canyon just a little bit further. We will have to save exploring the rest of Tuckup Canyon for another trip- maybe once I start backpacking.
When we got back to camp, a cold front was moving in and colder temperatures along with lots of rain and snow were on the way. Once again I decided that I wanted to get another hotel room for the night to avoid the bad weather. As soon as we got camp broken down and loaded in the Jeep, the rain started and didn’t stop all night. It was a good choice!